Red sails in the sunset, way out on the sea
Oh, carry my loved one home safely to me.
~ lyrics by Jimmy Kennedy, 1935
Ahoy me hearties! Have I told you enough times how much I love joining those amazingly talented mates at the Color Throwdown challenge? Aye – I truly do. Check out this booty of inspiration from Wanda Cullen.
That we’ bit of purple (Wisteria Wonders and Almost Amethyst) almost made me want to walk the plank. I know purple is the Pantone color of the year – and an aversion to purple means I’m just not up with the trends. I can’t really explain it, but purple and I have just never been close mates.
So I dug deep into my treasures and found this bounty – retired paper from BasicGrey that has a hint of some aged and distressed purple. I beat it into submission, made it work – and survived to sail another day.
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Okay, I promise, no more pirate talk – but isn’t it fun?
This challenge was a great excuse to use some of my older stash that was feeling a bit neglected. My little sailor boy is from a retired stamp, but a very close likeness is still available as a digital stamp at Claire Keay’s Jellypark (link below).
The sailor is fussy cut, paper pieced and Copic colored (E11, E000, E0000, and E30, for skin tones). I weaved hemp cord around the cork-sheet doily to resemble rope.
I’m notoriously bad about forgetting an envelope (half of my cards get hand delivered with whatever I can find to put them in). This time, I had fun embellishing the outside and inside of the envelope I made with the envelope punch board.
Here are the rest of the ingredients. I’ll set anchor down for now . . . we’ll sail again soon.